SeaWorld Orlando

Claire the manatee is home again. The aquatic marine mammal is happy and healthy at a respectable 750 pounds. She slipped back into the Banana River last week, with the help of SeaWorld Orlando’s animal rescue team.

The manatee, also known as a sea cow, was rescued in the river near North Merritt Island, Fla., a year ago with injuries suffered when she was hit by a boat. She was then a svelte 600 pounds — not good for a manatee, and needed to be monitored throughout her recovery.

SeaWorld has helped sick, injured and orphaned animals for 45 years, with a rescue team that’s on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. To date, more than 20,000 animals have been rescued. Claire is the fifth manatee returned to the water this year.



About Kathy Janich

Kathy Janich is a longtime arts journalist who has been seeing, working in or writing about the performing arts for most of her life. She's a member of the Theatre Communications Group, the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas, Americans for the Arts and the National Arts Marketing Project. Full disclosure: She’s also an artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre.

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